The following review appears in The Washington Post’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide.
There are bigger steakhouses and better steakhouses, but none as dignified as the Prime Rib, a time capsule lined with broad leather chairs, leopard-print carpet, sprays of flowers and art deco accents. (No matter your age, you are likely to be the youngest diner.) At a time when tables tend to go uncovered, this Ford-era restaurant still insists on jackets for gentlemen at dinner. Start with some oysters on the half shell, and save room for the sundae sweetened with pound cake. Counting the obvious cut of meat, the go-to dishes include buttery crab imperial, hinting of mustard, and succulent, easy-to-carve veal chop, everything enlivened with a piano player. Did I mention complimentary valet after 5 p.m.? Almost as juicy as the signature prime rib is that rare luxury in 2016: being able to hear your companion across the table. Together with years of consistency, the peace and quiet warrant a ratings bump.
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→2020 K St. NW. 202-466-8811. theprimerib.com.
Open: Lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday.
Prices: Lunch entrees $21 to $39, dinner entrees $28 to $63.
Sound check: 68 decibels / Conversation is easy.
Previously (2007): 2 stars